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Indictment: Male nurse assaulted patient

LILBURN -- A Gwinnett grand jury indicted a male nurse at a Lilburn healthcare facility this week on charges he sexually assaulted a female patient.

The indictment charges Christopher Whitley, a Heritage Healthcare of Lilburn employee, with sexual assault against a hospital patient and aggravated sexual battery.

Lilburn police had been investigating the incident since January, when a 38-year-old female patient at the facility came forward to staff members.

The woman told police Whitley continually visited her room against her wishes and applied cream to her though he was not required to do so. His advances crossed into sexual battery Jan. 2 when Whitley violated her with his hand, the woman told police.

Told to stop, Whitley replied, "I'm sorry, but I think you're hot," the alleged victim told investigators.

The alleged victim suffers from Huntington's Disease, a hereditary disorder that effects nerve cells in the brain, and did not require the application of cream. Staff asked her to repeat the story, which was consistent in four separate retellings, the report says.

The report notes that Whitley, who could not be reached for comment, was suspended from the short-term care facility after the accusations were made. He'd been hired in May 2009.

Staff told police the incident was the first of its kind involving Whitley, the report states.

A representative at the healthcare center declined comment Friday afternoon. Corporate offices for the company could not be reached.

Whitley had not been arrested Friday, according to Gwinnett County Jail records.